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Lily Bay

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Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science

What is biochemistry?


Do you want to break down biological processes, analyze them, and see how they work? Then biochemistry might be for you. Biochemistry is the foundation of all bodily functions: It is a chemical and life science.

Biochemists use the knowledge of what’s happening at the molecular level to understand and solve biological problems. The advances in the field have been staggering over the last hundred years—in gene expression, pharmaceuticals, microbiology, forensics, and more.

Why study biochemistry at Baker University?

At Baker University, you’ll gain a degree in biochemistry that is based on a liberal arts foundation. This means you’ll be equipped to work not only in a laboratory but also in careers investigating how biochemistry overlaps with ethics, criminal justice, sociology, public health, technology, and other fields. You’ll have the transferable skills to face the world’s challenges and the confidence to improve them.

Not to mention you’ll benefit from small class sizes, hands-on activities in the lab and classroom, the opportunity to conduct original research, and individualized attention from faculty. Biochemistry majors at Baker University learn the importance of mastering chemistry in the real world using cutting-edge instrumentation, which will make you career ready or prepared for graduate school.

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Career Opportunities for Biochemistry Majors

These are the top 10 highest-paying jobs for biochemists:

  • Physician associate or assistant
  • Biochemical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Agricultural scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Fermentation scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Food scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Toxicologist

Biochemistry Course Descriptions


Biochemistry Majors

The Department of Biology and Chemistry gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Joanne M. Howard Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a woman pursuing a career in medicine or medical research. Learn more.
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Biology
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Chemistry
  • Howard T. Bonnett Scholarship and Mrs. Ivan L. Boyd Scholarship
  • Margaret E. Scanlon Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • E.J. Cragoe Scholarship
  • Sonia Browning Endowed Scholarship
  • Doris Cink and Kathryn Zimney Endowed Scholarship

Meet the Faculty


Dr. Erin Morris

Professor of Biology, Chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry

B.A. Drury University, Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia

Expertise: molecular plant genetics

Office: Boyd Science Center 228


Molly Anderson

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Instruction

B.S. Baker University, M.S. Johns Hopkins University

Expertise: chemical education

Office: Boyd Science Center 302

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Dr. Jamin Perry

Associate Professor of Chemistry, R. Milford White Chair of Chemistry, Director of Pre-engineering

B.S. Missouri Southern State University, Ph.D. University of Missouri at Columbia

Expertise: physical chemistry

Office: Boyd Science Center 301

Dr. Jackie Dillon

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.S. Baker University, Ph.D. University of Kansas Medical Center

Expertise: organic chemistry, biochemistry

Office: Boyd Science Center 303

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Dr. Christian Gomez

Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S. Washburn University, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: cell biology, microbiology, cancer biology

Office: Boyd Science Center 230